The government’s top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he “absolutely” will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical officer, telling NBC’s “Today” that he said yes “right on the spot.”
President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president’s false claims about the coronavirus.
Biden’s decision to praise and hire Fauci not only continues the contrast he is trying to create with President Trump, who has talked about firing the doctor, but also shows the calibrated media exposure the president-elect and his team are using to control their message and instill public calm.
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Fauci says he said yes “on the spot” to Biden offer to serve as chief medical advisor on @TODAYshow
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) December 4, 2020